Weekend Kiteboarding Forecast Nov 19th & 20th

Last Week – Nailed It!:  Saturday was windy but as the day went on, it came more out of the south.  Sunday was a good windy day too.

Tally So Far:  Nailed It – 15, Close – 15, Way Off – 0

Water Temp:  Low 50’s all along the shoreline.  No change here. 

Today: South to SSE wind for the entire lakeshore this afternoon.  It will build as the afternoon goes on to 20 to 25 knots.  It should be good from Holland up to just before LSP.  North of LSP the wind is more SSE and side off and gusty.  Might be the last warm wind day in the 60’s for the year.

Saturday:  Biggest wind of the season yet!  The wind is going to be out of the NW all day long blowing 35 knots with gusts over 40 knots.  Some spots will see 50 knots.  The NW wind is also going to bring temperatures in the 30’s which will drop the wind chill below freezing.  The waves are going to be 12 feet or more, but they will be a washing machine due to the strong West wind that is going to blow over night as the wind switches from South to West to Northwest.  Visibility will be poor as well due to lake effect snow showers.  It all adds up to less than favorable kiteboarding conditions.  Probably best to sit this one out.  It will be fun to just see the gnarly conditions from the beach though.

35 to 40 knot wind forecast at 3pm Saturday. 


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Sunday:  The NW wind and chilly temperatures continue throughout the day, but the wind will not be as strong.  It should be around 30 knots all morning and gradually decreasing to 20 knots by late afternoon.

Had two awesome days riding last weekend.  Saturday in Manistee at 5th ave beach had amazing side shore conditions for the first half of the day. 

Sunday rode a downwinder from Holland State Park to Port Sheldon.  Unfortunately we had an injury on the way where someone had drop out, but Das Machine is OK and will be back! 

Casey riding in the pool in Manistee last Saturday:



Wrapping up my session at Manistee:



Scouting conditions at Port Sheldon as we dropped my car there:



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